November/December 2021- Urban Forest Patch Sustainability Research – An Update
Research on urban forest patch perseverance and sustainability over time continues to proceed forward at BUFRG. Our pilot study "Indiana University’s Woodland Campus: A case study of urban forest patch sustainability" has been completed and a manuscript is tentatively accepted for publication. A second study “City of Bloomington Urban Forest Patches: Perseverance and sustainability 1939-2021” is progressing nicely as we identify surviving and lost patches and investigate governance impacts on patch sustainability. The research direction we are identifying for both Bloomington and a broader metropolitan urban areas approach is to seek social, institutional, and ecological drivers of urban forest patch governance and sustainability over time. Sustainability here is defined as perseverance, either by formal protection, informal governance mechanisms, or relevant patch qualities.
The research methodology we are developing will allow for an analysis of the following research questions:
1) What social and ecological drivers are associated with urban forest patch perseverance, or sustainability over time, in large metropolitan areas of the eastern United States?
2) Which governance strategies are associated with success in sustainability?
3) In what cases do urban forested patches meet the definition of common-pool resources?